Monday, August 22, 2016

It Feels Like Fall

 Leaves are falling from my ash tree. It's always early, but not this early. It is chilly today. I'm not freaking out because the forecast for the rest of the week is hot, screaming hot. Still, this feels like a soup-for-supper day. I love to make goulash but it's usually not moist enough for the hubster. He loves "moist" food. So here's a soup version of goulash that suits his fancy. It looks fantastic, too.

Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup
Yield: About 5 servings
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion (1 small)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes or fresh chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh marjoram (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme (or 3/4 tsp dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups (5.6 oz) dry small elbow pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn (optional)
  • Fresh chopped parsley and finely grated parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Pour mixture onto a plate.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in pot over medium-high heat, add beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned. Drain fat from beef.
  • Return sauteed veggies to pot along with beef broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Worcestershire, marjoram, thyme, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Add in pasta, cover and reduce heat to medium,. Boil stirring occasionally, until pasta has cooked through, about 15 - 20 minutes. If adding corn, stir in corn during last 3 minutes of cooking.
  • Remove bay leaves, serve warm garnished with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.

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